The GDSFA has a rich, long and storied history unmatched in Australia. For decades it was the nursery and engine room for Australia producing many heroes, champions and numerous nationally selected players. Its Golden Age would arguably be the late 1940’s and 1950’s. During this period the Association produced 6 National team players. Indeed it was a common occurrence and expected to have at least 2 or 3 Granville players in the National team at any one time and as many as 4 players for any one match, as was the case against South Africa in 1955. Such was the strength of the Granville area, international touring teams regularly scheduled a match against the powerhouse Granville Magpies Football Club during this period.
Before playing for Australia and the Magpies, all 6 players were local juniors, remarkably they all played for the Granville Kewpies Soccer Club and 2 players also played for the Granville Waratah Soccer Football Club.
To honour this Golden Age of our Association and the contribution to the local game, the Boys (Mixed) Knock Out Competitions Trophies are named after these 6 players:
Ken Vairy was a Granville Kewpie junior who played 1 season with Bill Henderson at Granville Waratah in 1946 winning the competition as a 16 year old before returning to the Kewpies. Being tall and talented, playing the inside right position, it wasn’t long before he was playing for the Magpies and then in 1955 selected to play for Australia against South Africa where he scored the only goal. Click here to read a wonderful interview with Ken Vairy reminiscing on his career.
George Sanders was a gifted Granville Kewpie junior that played right wing and was selected to play for Australia on tour to South Africa. He would use his pace to beat his defender and cross the ball very often to Alan Garside or Eric Hulme.
Ray Marshall was a Granville Kewpie junior that was gifted with speed and a natural left foot winger that took him all the way to the Australian team. His soccer football achievements have been recognised by the local community as Ray Marshall Reserve at South Granville is named in his honour.
Alan Garside was a champion centre striker and prolific goal scorer as a Granville Kewpie junior and remained that way his entire career. He was quickly recruited to the Magpies and partnered with Eric Hulme up front to form a very successful combination. He also enjoyed playing with his brother Frank Jr, another great Magpie player. The Garside family name is synonymous with Granville Soccer football and Garside Park, the former home ground of the Magpies, is named in honour of his father Frank Sr. Incidentally Alan was also the very popular local milkman in the Granville/South Granville area as his family owned a South Granville dairy. Click here to read a richly historical interview, looking back at his amazing career.
William “Bill” Henderson holds the distinction of being Australia’s VERY FIRST OLYROO as he was the number 1 on the top of the team list, the goalkeeper of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic team. Bill Henderson proudly played his junior soccer for Granville Waratah SFC before playing for Granville Kewpies in their under 18’s team before being promptly recruited to the powerhouse Granville Magpies. From there he represented Australia on numerous occasions in the early 1950’s. He had the honour of being coached by his father when playing for Australia, against China. The access road into Colquhoun Park is named in the family’s honour, Henderson Lane. Click here to read a fantastic interview, together with his brother Andy, another great Magpie player, looking back at their inspirational careers.
Eric Hulme was a Granville Kewpie junior who started as a centre forward but then played inside right, being fed many through balls from Alan Garside and scoring lots of goals. After playing for Australia he went to England for a short while to play soccer football.
Left to right –
Back row: Ken Vairy, J. Mcfarland, Alan Garside, Arthur Lee [trainer], Eric Wallace.
Middle row: Mat McGillivray [coach], Ted Armitage, Andy Henderson, Bill Henderson, Gordon Cameron, Merv Banks, Jack Hollborrow [trainer].
Front row: Ron Hopkins, Bob Wall, Alan Robey, Bob Mckenzie, Len Solomon
Ball Boy: Lloyd Nolan
Left to right –
Back row: Bob Campbell, Frank Garside Sr. [President] Stan Nolen [secretary].
Middle row: Arthur Lee [trainer], Bill Balfour, Neville Bruniges, Ray Thompson, Eric Hulme, Jack Sedgwick, George Sanders, Jack Hollborrow [trainer].
Front row: Wal Cullen, Bill Adamson, Bob Lee [captain], Des Barker, Alistair Marshall.
Ball Boys: Kevin Holland, Lloyd Nolan, Ron Richards.
Left to right –
Back row: Phil Carrol, Ken Hawkins, Bob McLelland, Andy Henderson, Frank Garside, Alan Garside, Ken Vairy, Ray Marshall, Arthur Lee [trainer].
Front row: Joe Kendall, Bill Henderson, Bob Wall.